County Board OKs labor agreement, pay raises
St. Louis County commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to salary agreements for three categories of employees.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The board’s Committee of the Whole approved a bargaining agreement with the county’s confidential unit of employees that gives members of the Confidential Public Employees Association a 1 percent raise retroactive to Dec. 17, 2011; a 1.5 percent raise effective Dec. 15, 2012, and a 2 percent raise starting Dec. 13 this year. The contract covers 2012 through 2014 and covers about 22 people.
The unit’s last contract had expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The deal also cuts personal leave from four to two days, reduces accrual of sick leave, and gives each covered employee a lump-sum payment of $480.
The County Board also approved a raise for 24 employees unrepresented by unions of 1 percent for 2012, 1.5 percent for 2013 and 2 percent for 2014, plus a lump-sum payment of $480. Those employees include court bailiffs and County Board secretaries. The board approved the same package for its 27 Management Compensation Plan employees.
St. Louis County has about 1,660 employees.
The approvals Tuesday follow previous deals settling contracts with the Maintenance Division (Teamsters, 170 employees) Civil Service Supervisory (111 employees) and Sheriff’s Deputies (80 employees) that are settled through this year. The Jail/911 (AFSCME, 108 employees) unit is settled through 2014.
The county still has not settled with the Civil Service Basic unit (AFSCME, 766 employees); Merit System Basic (AFSCME, 215 employees); Merit System Supervisory (Arrowhead Public Service Unit, 36 employees); Sheriff’s Supervisory (SLC Sheriff‘s Supervisory Association, 11 employees); Assistant County Attorneys (AFSCME, 29 Employees) and County Attorney Investigators (AFSCME, eight employees). Labor contracts for those units expired at the end of 2011.